The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from November 7, 2007

ABF Sweetens Market with Ten per Cent Rise in Profit; RETAIL
Associated British Foods, the Silver Spoon sugar refiner and Primark fashion stores owner, yesterday met forecasts with a ten per cent rise in profit, but warned soaring commodity costs were hurting profit margins. The London-based food and retail...
About Time We Banish Bullies from Workplace; MANAGEMENT
Byline: By Alan Jones Special correspondent Firms were todayurged to do more to tackle bullying at work after new research showed the problem was costing businesses billions of pounds a year. A report by Royal & Sun Alliance said bullying...
AGENDA: Don't Mention Immigration and Enoch in Same Breath
Byline: JON WALKER There was more misery for David Cameron over immigration today after as it was reported that the Conservatives have published a leaflet in Dudley focusing on the issue. The leaflet claims that Labour has "lost all control of...
AGENDA: Melting Pot Lifestyles Are Changing the Market; the Times They Are a Changing and with Them Is the Home. So Is It Time for the End of the Upgrade, Asks Chris Ashmore, David Wilson Homes Mercia Sales Director
Byline: Chris Ashmore The year is 1961. The average age for marriage is 23 for women and 25 for men. People work in their chosen careers until they retire, all the time stepping up the property ladder, moving from flat to terrace with each pay...
A Model Answer to Uncle Sam's Amazing Disappearing Dollar
Byline: NEVILL BOYD MAUNSELL If you require the services of Gisele Bundchen, from now on you will have to pay her in euros. Dollars are no longer good enough for the German supermodel and she has not yet got round to demanding gold. Other people,...
Awards Celebrate Design Genius; ENTERPRISE
Byline: By Tom Scotney Business Staff The short-list has been announced for this year's BDI Industry and Genius Awards, naming the top building, environmental and product designs in the West Midlands. Birmingham hot spots like the recently reopened...
Back-Slappers and Cult of Celebrity Rules Rugby out; BRIAN DICK
Every so often one is afforded a glimpse at one's own life through the eyes of the general public. For me, that came earlier this week as I listened to a cringingly self-referential radio phone-in regarding the identity of the next BBC Sports Personality...
BIRMINGHAM POST: Councils Deserve Support as Pay Equality Looms; AGENDA
Local authorities were handed a particularly unpalatable poisoned chalice by the incoming Labour Government in 1997 - get rid of decades of wage inequalities between men and women and blue and white collar employees. The councils were given no special...
BIRMINGHAM POST: The Whole Truth? AGENDA
There may be a simple explanation to the mystery of why Gordon Brown failed to mention a Birmingham school and four others in a speech he delivered last Wednesday, which his aides told local newspapers would contain lavish praise of the five schools....
BMW in the Slow Lane for Market Expectations
Byline: by Christiaan Hetzner and Steve Pain BMW - now the world's largest premium carmaker - yesterday posted third-quarter pre-tax profits that fell far short of market expectations amid a strong euro and higher raw material costs, sending its...
Bovis: Financial Markets Turmoil Hits House Buyers; HOUSEBUILDING
Byline: By Ian McNeal and Duncan Tift Turmoil in the financial markets is undermining confidence among Britain's house buyers, Bovis Homes has warned. The warning came yesterday as the firm said it feared fall-out from the volatile situation...
Boxing: Calzaghe's Camp Put Hopkins on the Spot
Byline: By Alex Lowe Joe Calzaghe's camp have told Bernard Hopkins to put up or shut up. The 42-year-old American responded to Calzaghe's challenge by declaring on Monday night that he was ready to fight the new undisputed world super-middleweight...
Can Super-Matron Beat the Super-Bugs? BIGGER PICTURE Virulent 'Superbugs' like MRSA and Clostridium Difficile Present a Major Challenge to the NHS, as Staff Strive to Meet Numerous Performance Targets. after 90 Patients Died at Three Kent Hospitals as a Direct Result of C Diff, Health Correspondent Emma Brady Looks at Whether Bringing Back Matron Would Make Difference
Byline: Emma Brady Rising numbers of patients diagnosed with MRSA or Clostridium difficile in the past 12 months had already caused wide-spread public concern about their safety on hospital wards. But when the news broke that 90 patients had...
Catering: NBGI and Bosses Fly Away with Pounds 20m Peter's
Peter's Food Service, which has a major operation in Birmingham, has been acquired by its management and NBGI Private Equity in a pounds 20 million buyout. Established in 1970, Peter's is a pounds 53 million turnover manufacturer and food service...
Catholics Call on Pope to Help Save School
Pupils and parents are seeking the Pope's backing in their opposition to the closure of a successful Midland Catholic grammar school. The future of St Joseph's College in Stoke-on-Trent is under threat from the city council which wants to shut all...
Council Hit by Protests as 2,000 Female Staff Lose Pay
Byline: By Paul Dale Public Affairs Editor A local authority pay shake-up designed to end wage inequalities between the sexes will leave a fifth of Birmingham City Council's female white collar staff worse off, it emerged last night. As more...
Cricket: Bears Want Salisbury to Offer His Experience
Byline: By George Dobell Chief Cricket Writer Warwickshire have offered Ian Salisbury a contract and hope to complete his signing within days. The former England leg-spinner, who was released by Surrey at the end of last season, has been offered...
Cricket: Model Maddy Embroiled in ECB Conflict
Byline: By George Dobell Chief Cricket Writer Darren Maddy is an unlikely rebel. Warwickshire's captain has been a model professional throughout his career and is most uncomfortable with the predicament in which he finds himself. As one of those...
Debt Experts Teach Cash Skills to Pupils
Byline: By Shahid Naqvi Education Correspondent Bankruptcy experts have been drafted in to teach Birmingham schoolchildren how to manage money amid growing concern over Britain's pounds 1.25 trillion personal debt mountain. The move comes as...
Dignity Returns to Top Spot for First Time since Year Start
Byline: By Matt Waddell Midlands head of corporate finance PricewaterhouseCoopers It's all change as our leading companies jostle for the top spot in our Shareleague competition. September saw three new entrants at the top of the Superleague...
Economics: Brown Could Have Stopped Run on Rock, Says King
Byline: By Nevill Boyd Maunsell Economics Editor The run on Northern Rock could have been prevented if Gordon Brown, in his days as Chancellor, had heeded pleas from the Bank of England to change to a law establishing a mechanism to safeguard deposits...
Economy: Manufacturing Decline Shows in Deloitte Figures
The decline of the manufacturing sector was highlighted today in new figures from accountancy firm Deloitte. It said that the number of administrations in the Midlands fell by seven per cent during the first nine months of 2007, compared to the...
Employers Must Abide by Law or Pay a High Price; with at Least a Dozen Material Changes to Employment Law in the Last 12 Months Alone Robert Wigley-Jones, Midlands Head of Human Resource Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Argues That This Is an Area Small Business Cannot Afford to Overlook
Byline: Robert Wigley-Jones Developing effective human resource strategies and managing updates to increasingly complex employment legislation is a concern for all businesses but an even greater challenge for small ones. Responding to the evolving...
Firms Urged to Make Inroads into Romania
A senior Romanian diplomat will visit Worcester tonight in an effort to reach out to Midlands businesses. Robert Eros, first secretary economic from the Romanian embassy will highlight the attractions of his country when he speaks at Worcester University....
Football: Agbonlahor Keeping Friends on the Other Side of the Line
Byline: By Lisa Smith Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor knows, more than most, just what this weekend's big Second City derby means to fans. Being born and bred in Birmingham, he knows both Villa and Birmingham City supporters and understands...
Football: BBC Win Live TV Rights
The Football League have more than doubled their income from broadcast rights under new deals that will see Coca-Cola Championship games screened live on the BBC for the first time. The new agreements with Sky and the BBC, to run for three seasons...
Football: Bellingham Makes His Mark Once Again to Sink Stourport
Stourport Swifts will be glad to see the back of Mark Bellingham after the Stourbridge striker continued his goal spree. Bellingham netted twice in the Glassboys' 3-1 British Gas Business Midlands win at Amblecote last night to add to his hat-trick...
Football: Europe on Reds Alert - Rafa; CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Liverpool achieved the biggest winning margin in Champions League history last night, with boss Rafael Benitez hailing an outstanding team performance. The 8-0 mauling of Besiktas at Anfield in the sides' group A game leaves Liverpool with a fighting...
Football: Ishmel's Blast Saves Walsall's Proud Run
Byline: By William Carroll At the Withdean Stadium Brighton & Hove Albion 1 Walsall 1 Substitute Ishmel Demontagnac rescued a point for Walsall with a superb goal from 25 yards after dominant Brighton looked set for victory at Withdean...
Football: Kyle Helps City's Paupers Put One over QPR's Nouveau Riche
Byline: By Lee Corden At Loftus Road Queens Park Rangers 1 Coventry City 2 Off the field, Queens Park Rangers appear to have it all. Investment by Formula One magnates Flavio Briatore and Bernie Ecclestone has been timely for the Londoners...
Football: Mowbray Fury at 'Gross Injustice' as Albion Draw; COCA-COLA CHAMPIONSHIP
Byline: By Lisa Smith at The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Mowbray accused referee Nigel Miller of "gross injustice" and "poor officialdom" as a foul in the fifth minute of stoppage time on Carl Hoefkens went unchecked to allow Sheffield...
Football: Owen's Treble Keeps Robins Bobbing along in Trophy; NON-LEAGUE
Mark Owen completed a hat-trick to seal Evesham United's third giant-killing inside a month and book their FA Trophy derby date against Redditch United later this month. Despite conceding another late goal against Premier Division Corby Town, the...
Football: Patience Is a Necessity for Davies; BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
Byline: By Lisa Smith For the first time in his career, Aston Villa defender Curtis Davies is having to get used to playing second fiddle to others and the 22-year-old admits it is an extremely frustrating time. The England Under-21 International...
Football: Ridgewell's New Perspective; THE PREMIER LEAGUE
Byline: By Ged Scott It's only 19 months since Aston Villa won the honour of being top dog in the Second City when they beat Birmingham City 3-1. Yet such is the turnover of players at both clubs that only three players likely to start this weekend's...
Football: Wolves Frustrated by Brilliant Display from Inspired Keeper Davis; COCA-COLA CHAMPIONSHIP
Byline: By Ged Scott At St Mary's Stadium Southampton 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers still have not won at St Mary's - and their last win in this corner of the South Coast was way back in April 1980 when Andy Gray was...
Go East Young Man If You Want to Be a Billionaire
China has more billionaires than any country except the United States, as soaring stock and property prices helped to boost wealth among the country's super-rich, researcher Rupert Hoogewerf has claimed. The number of Chinese worth EUR1 billion...
Greenspan and Soros Warn of More US Pain; ECONOMICS
Byline: By Eric Burroughs Special correspondent Former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan and billionaire investor George Soros have warned of more pain ahead for the US economy, saying the downturn in the housing market had yet to take its...
Groups Hit by Hike in Venue Charges; Culture Theatre Amateur Theatre
Byline: by John Slim A 15 per cent increase in hire charges at Sutton Coldfield Town Hall is likely to lead some small groups such as glass and porcelain painters to look for a different meeting place - and theatre groups who use it as the venue...
GVA Worldwide Moves on the Chinese Market
Byline: By John Revill Business Staff International property advisors GVA Worldwide - the global firm which has its UK roots in Birmingham - has announced its expansion into China. Founded in 1840 in Birmingham as Grimley & Sons, the property...
Horse Racing: Free Gift at Huntingdon Is Definitely Worth Looking At
Byline: By Stable Boy Free Gift looks the pick in the Hunts Post Thanks Local Estate Agent Handicap Chase (for The Macer Gifford Memorial Trophy) at Huntingdon. Robert Alner's chaser has been in fine form, winning his last two races and he loves...
How Natalie's Fashion Dream Came True; ENTERPRISE
A Midland woman has fulfilled a lifetime fashion ambition by opening her own ladies boutique, Gladrags. Natalie Haynes, 25 from Radford, spotted a gap in the market for a fashionable but reasonably priced store aimed at younger women. And after...
Hundreds Expected at Protest; INTERNATIONAL
Byline: By Rhona Ganguly Hundreds are expected to form a picket line outside the Pakistan High Commission in Birmingham tomorrow in protest against the military dictatorship in the country. Organised by the Birmingham-based South Asian Alliance...
Letter: Common Sense Approach to Immigration and Asylum; AGENDA
Byline: K A JACKSON Dear Editor, Regarding your comment on the front page, I am amazed at the stance you have taken and that you have not kept your opinion to that allotted place in the newspaper - or perhaps I am just from the old school where...
Letter: Deep-Seated Rule regarding Business; AGENDA
Byline: ROBIN FLETCHER Business rule 1: never make it hard for your customers to buy things from you. Anyone who runs their own business can spot a salaried employee a mile off. Both want to do their best for the customer, but only one will crawl...
Life Back in the Clean Old Days; BIGGER PICTURE Doreen Madeley (Not Her Real Name), Has Worked at the Kent and Sussex Hospital in Tunbridge Wells. She Explains Why the Hospital Was Better Run When Matron Ruled the Wards
"I was shocked when I saw the images of dirty wards at the Kent and Sussex, but I wasn't surprised because standards have been slipping across the board for a while." When Doreen Madeley, a former staff nurse, worked at the hospital in Tunbridge...
Marks & Spencer Starts Oriental Programme with Move to Shanghai
Marks & Spencer is to bolster its international business by opening its first store in China, the retailer said yesterday. M&S chief executive Stuart Rose said its first outlet in the fast-growing Chinese market - likely to be in Shanghai...
McCartney Caught on Camera Kissing Married US Millionairess
Sir Paul McCartney has been pictured kissing a married US millionairess. The former Beatle is enjoying a friendship with lawyer's wife Nancy Shevell. The pair have been spotted sharing breakfast, late-night dinners and walks along the beach in...
No Error in the Casting of Brothers; Culture Theatre Jason Merrells Has Swapped TV for the Stage and, as He Tells Alison Jones, He's Making It a Family Affair
Byline: Alison Jones Historically Shakespearean productions have always been a little flexible when it comes to realistic casting. Back in the bard's day the ban on women acting meant that the female parts were usually played by pretty youths with...
No Slowdown Here, Says Biggest Hotels Group; HOTELS
InterContinental Hotels - the world's largest hotels group - yesterday shrugged aside concerns over a EUR2 pound and fears of a slowdown in the North American economy after it posted a solid set of third quarter figures. The group said it was on...
No Speed Traps, Diana Inquest Told
An accident investigator who examined the scene of the crash which killed Diana, Princess of Wales, said yesterday that there were no mobile speed traps in the area. Giving evidence at Diana's inquest, Hubert Porceau was shown a video of cars travelling...
No 'Wheel' Improvement for Titan as Cutbacks Bite; MANUFACTURING
Kidderminster-based Titan Europe - the manufacturer of steel wheels for earth moving vehicles and mobile cranes - yesterday said it expected its second half performance will be broadly similar to the first, after having earlier anticipated a "stronger...
October's Spending Slow-Down Could Make Case for Drop in Interest Rates; RETAIL
Byline: By Holly Williams Special correspondent Retail sales slowed to their lowest level for almost a year last month as rising interest rates and a slowing housing market hit consumer confidence, according to new figures yesterday. Data from...
Oil Leaps by More Than EUR3 a Barrel to Close Perilously Close to EUR100 Mark; ENERGY
Oil yesterday leapt more than EUR3 a barrel to a new record high of EUR97 - closing in on the EUR100 mark - as a weak US dollar and tight fuel stocks prompted buying by investors. Investors, wary of global equity markets where the full impact of...
POLITICS: Candidate's Son Rang 999 to Stop Slur Campaign at Polls
The son of a Birmingham Liberal Democrat election candidate whose chances of becoming a city councillor are alleged to have been scuppered by a smear campaign, told a court how he dialled 999 after witnessing Labour supporters making false claims about...
POLITICS: New Regulator Has Power to Close Wards
A new regulator with powers to fine hospitals and close wards will be created under new legislation set out in Gordon Brown's first Queen's Speech yesterday. The Care Quality Commission will unite the functions of the existing Healthcare Commission,...
POLITICS: Police and Nuclear Power Are High on the Agenda
Byline: By Jonathan Walker Political Editor Gordon Brown attempted to get his premiership back on track yesterday as he set out his vision for Britain with a Queen's Speech including 28 new Bills. High-profile measures included Bills giving police...
POLITICS: Pounds 18m Eastside City Park Cost to Be Cut by a Third
A planned pounds 18 million Eastside city park is likely to be redesigned and the cost cut by a third, a senior Birmingham councillor admitted last night. Neville Summerfield, city council cabinet member for regeneration, said he had ordered officials...
POLITICS: School's out When You Are 18 under Education Plan
Byline: By John Revill Business Staff Government proposals to improve training and examine flexible working were welcomed by business leaders yesterday although some feared they could increase the red tape burden. Parents will have a new legal...
POLITICS: Stamp Duty on Currency Deals Plan to Reduce Global Poverty
MPs called yesterday for a new stamp duty to be imposed on currency transactions to raise money to help reduce global poverty. The All Party Parliamentary Group for Debt, Aid and Trade said a stamp duty of 0.005 per cent on all sterling foreign...
POLITICS: What a State, Where Oscar Wilde Meets Rouge Dragon Pursuivant
Byline: By Vivienne Morgan A spirit of modernisation has swept through the House of Commons in recent times - with MPs now even permitted to use their BlackBerries in the chamber. But over in the Lords, where the 21 st century has only a tenuous...
POLITICS: You Can't Die Here: These Are the Houses of Parliament
A law prohibiting anyone from dying in the Houses of Parliament has topped a survey of Britain's most absurd legislation. The poll of 3,931 people, commissioned by UKTV Gold, asked the public to pick the most ludicrous British and foreign laws still...
Post Health Journalist Scoops Top Award
Emma Brady, The Birmingham Post health correspondent, has scooped one of the top prizes at the industry's leading awards for medical journalism for the third year in a row. She won the General Medical Consumer News category at the Norwich Union...
Premiership Lust for Lucre Spills over into China
Byline: MARK EATON Football has been big business across the world for decades now and it really has taken off in the Far East. And, just like everywhere else, the Premier League is the product that captures most attention in China. It's for...
Private Sales Fuel Rise in New Cars Sold; AUTOMOTIVE
Byline: By John Revill Manufacturing Editor Sales of soon to be replaced Jaguar S Type fell By John Revill Manufacturing Editor New car sales accelerated ahead last month, exceeding motor industry expectations. A total of 166,797 new vehicles...
Rights Issue Could Stop SMG Selling Virgin off at Bargain Basement Price; MEDIA
Debt-laden broadcasting group SMG yesterday turned to investors in a bid to help it avoid a cut-price sell-off of its Virgin Radio station business. SMG, which operates STV in Scotland and production businesses such as Ginger Productions, said a...
Rock Crisis Has Failed to Jolt Confidence in the Economy; ECONOMY
Byline: By Nevill Boyd Maunsell Economics Editor Queues at Northern Rock, spreading financial turmoil from the American sub-prime meltdown, and reports of static or falling house prices in parts of Britain have so far failed to dent widespread confidence...
Rose Scents Success at Bullish Marks & Spencer; RETAIL
Byline: By Russell Lynch and Duncan Tift Marks & Spencer has unveiled bullish growth plans and forecast-beating profits despite further signs of slowing high street spending. While autumn top-sellers included a black leather dress - worn...
Schools Left Puzzled by Non-Mention in PM's Education Speech
Byline: By Shahid Naqvi Education Correspondent A Birmingham school last night was at the centre of a Labour spin row that threatened to tarnish Gordon Brown's promise to "restore trust in Government". Cardinal Wiseman Catholic Technology College...
Sony Ericsson Dials in Plans to Stay Ahead of the Competition; TECHNOLOGY
Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson expects tough competition to keep margins and phone prices under pressure but it hopes to sustain its current profitability, its head of marketing said yesterday. "Income and margins are going to be under pressure...
Three Held in Hunt for Meredith's Killer; INTERNATIONAL
Detectives in Italy hunting the killer of British exchange student Meredith Kercher yesterday arrested her female American housemate and two men. Amanda Knox, 20, a 24-year-old male Italian student and a Congolese man, 37, were all taken into custody...
TONIGHT: The Final Piece in a Shakespearian Jigsaw; RSC Artistic Director Michael Boyd Talks to Terry Grimley about Completing His Acclaimed History Cycle with Henry V
Byline: Terry Grimley Is Henry V Shakespeare's rehearsal for writing Hamlet? That's one of the ideas that has intrigued Michael Boyd as he has come to direct Shakespeare's seemingly most patriotic play for the first time. You can see the general...
Top Marks as the Tide Finally Turns for Market; MARKET REPORT
Strong gains from miners and retailing giant Marks & Spencer yesterday helped the London market to rebound from a three-day run of losses. Marks & Spencer shares went more than three per cent ahead as investors reacted to bullish trading...
Topple Musharraf, Urges Sacked Judge; INTERNATIONAL
Byline: by Des Webster The sacked head of Pakistan's Supreme Court yesterday called on the country to rise up against President Pervez Musharraf. Former chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, under house arrest after being removed from his...
Toyota Expected to Report Record Operating Profit
Toyota - set to replace General Motors as the world's number one carmaker this year - is todayexpected to report a record operating profit for the first half to September because of brisk sales in emerging markets. The weaker yen also boosted Toyota's...
Tycoon Sticks with Sainsbury despite His Pounds 200m Loss
Property tycoon Robert Tchenguiz yesterday insisted he would hang on to his 10 per cent stake in Sainsbury's despite losing more than pounds 200 million after Monday's deal collapse. The billionaire entrepreneur denied rumours he was planning to...
Wait Is over as Blaze Heroes' Bodies Found
Byline: By Danielle Dwyer Hundreds of firefighters formed a guard of honour last night as the bodies of three of their colleagues were retrieved from a burnt-out warehouse. Two hundred firefighters paid the tribute at the vegetable packing warehouse...
Warning over Energy Use as UK Gas Crisis Looms
Byline: By Joanna Geary The UK could be facing a gas crisis within 10 years and homeowners and businesses must start reducing their energy use in preparation, the head of a major West Midland sustainable building project has warned. Tim Pollard,...
Welcome to Black Country Dragons' Den Seminars; ENTERPRISE
A team of experts will be heading to the Black Country on Thursday to boost business success in the region with a series of interactive seminars - including a Dragons' Den-style training session for pitching new business ideas. The eight-hour Business...
Wetherspoon Still Cautious; LEISURE
JD Wetherspoon yesterday said it remained cautious over trading after the introduction of the smoking ban in England dented sales. Like-for-like sales in the 13 weeks to October 28 fell by one per cent, while profit margins declined 0.6 per cent...
Yell Shouting Down Fierce US Opposition; MEDIA
Directories firm Yell yesterday soothed the nerves of investors as it continued its battle against "fierce" competition in the US. Yell's guidance for three per cent organic full-year growth at its Yellow Book arm was significant after shares tumbled...